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APME Newsletter for Jan. 13, 2011
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The electronic newsletter of the Associated Press Managing Editors for January 13, 2011

In this issue:

Innovator of the Year: New Program to Highlight Innovations Each Month
Broken Budgets: AP-APME National Reporting Project
Job Posting: NewsTrain Project Manager
NewsTrain Schedule for 2011: Four New Workshops
Watchdog Reporting: Summary of Recent Impact Reporting
AP Beat of the Week: AP Beat of the Week: Dave Espo and Jacques Billeaud
Editors in the News: Humenik, Buel, Days, Platt
Industry News and Business of News
Catching up on Credibility Topics: Order the Full Set
APME Forums: Discuss Good Ideas With Colleagues
AP Member Discount for 2010 AP Stylebook with Social Media Guidelines
And finally … For minorities, new ‘digital divide' seen


Save the Date

· March, 17-18, 2011. The Freedom Forum's Diversity Institute will host NewsTrain/Washington, D.C., at the Newseum.


The Associated Press Managing Editors' Innovator of the Year contest enters its fifth year in 2011, and it's expanding to highlight newspaper innovations all year long.

Associated Press-member newspapers are now invited to enter their innovative work at any time. Judges will recognize one paper per month.

Find details and the entry platform at Every entry will also be considered for APME's annual Great Ideas book.

Monthly winners will be recognized on and at the annual APME conference. Monthly winners also will be invited to compete for the annual Innovator of the Year contest, which is judged and presented at the APME conference.

"We're pleased to take another big step in recognizing innovative work in our newsrooms,” said Bob Heisse, executive editor of the Centre Daily Times in State College, Pa., and APME vice president. "By putting a spotlight on journalism innovations monthly, we'll acknowledge top work more often and it might spark ideas at other papers.”

The Seattle Times was named APME Innovator of the Year in 2010. Previous winners are the Fort Myers (Fla.) News-Press, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and the Oklahoman of Oklahoma City.


The Associated Press and the Associated Press Managing Editors have launched a joint project to examine the fiscal crisis facing U.S. states and cities, how state and local governments will deal with this crisis and how Americans' lives will change because of it.

Plans are under way for several major stories for 2011. Newspapers will get 7 to 10 days notice from AP and APME to localize some of these stories. A logo is being planned to accompany any stories in the series, for any paper wanting to use it.

Stories in the project can be jointly produced by the AP, its members and other journalism organizations.If your organization has a story it wants to contribute to the project, or an idea that can be produced jointly, please contact your state's AP bureau chief.

Look to APME Update and for news and developments in the joint project.

Together, we will shine a spotlight on the fiscal challenges in the statehouses, and in many cases AP and its members willdevelop comparison data to show the situation in every state.

For further information, please contact Bob Heisse at or Sally Jacobsen at



The Associated Press Managing Editors seeks a project manager for its signature NewsTrain Project. NewsTrain provides regional training workshops for news leaders, especially frontline editors who are leading rapidly changing digital newsrooms. NewsTrain has provided leadership and journalism skills training to 5,000 frontline editors in the United States and Canada since its inception nearly seven years ago.

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APME NewsTrain will host four regional workshops in 2011, two in the spring and two in the fall.

· The Freedom Forum's Diversity Institute will host NewsTrain/Washington, D.C., at the Newseum on Thursday-Friday, March 17-18. Save the date! Information to come at: NewsTrain / Washington, D.C.

· The Wisconsin Newspaper Association and The Wisconsin State Journal will host NewsTrain/Madison at the Wisconsin State Bar Center at a date TBA, probably in early April. Information to come at: NewsTrain / Madison, Wis.

· The Oakland Tribune and San Francisco State University will sponsor a Bay Area NewsTrain in the fall.

· The Record of Hackensack, N.J., will sponsor a Northern New Jersey NewsTrain at Ramapo College, Mahwah, in the fall.



AP Enterprise: FDA helps states get execution drug after saying it won't regulate imports

Arkansas Democrat: Arkansans toss less, keep more; Reducing, reusing trumps recycling

Dallas Morning News: No way to fix Texas' budget problem without displeasing many, poll by The News shows

New York Times: Federal, state investigations are making lenders reluctant to foreclose

Read all 15 more watchdog reports at:


AP'S BEAT OF THE WEEK: Dave Espo and Jacques Billeaud

There was no reason to doubt the NPR report that Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was dead. She had been shot through the head at an outdoor meeting with constituents in Tucson, Ariz., and other news outlets rushed to pick up the story. Not the AP, where Special Correspondent Dave Espo in Washington and newsman Jacques Billeaud in Phoenix each sensed that something was missing. Two Capitol Hill sources told Espo they thought Giffords was dead, but they didn't know it first-hand. Billeaud was talking to Arizona Democratic officials who also said they weren't sure.

Read more at:


Editors in the News

John M. Humenik has been promoted to president and publisher of the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson with Bobbie Jo Buel named the new editor. The 47-year-old Humenik has served as publisher and editor of the Star since 2005. He now will be responsible for the paper's sales, marketing, production, circulation, human resources and finance operations. The 53-year-old Buel was promoted from executive editor. Buel is a former president of APME and its foundation.

The Philadelphia Inquirer has named as its new managing editor a longtime Philadelphia Daily News editor, and a former editor at Philadelphia Magazine will take over his old job. Michael Days will become the Inquirer's managing editor effective Jan. 31, and Larry Platt assumes Days' post at its tabloid sister paper, said Greg Osberg, chief executive officer and publisher of Philadelphia Media Network, parent company of both papers and their shared website Days joined the Daily News 25 years ago and served in several supervisory positions before being named editor in 2005. Under his leadership, the Daily News won the Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting in 2010. He's also a board member of APME.


Former prisoners start newspaper in Wilmington

Journalists to launch News Corp's iPad newspaper

2 LA newspapers to publish joint Sunday edition

Western Hockey League reinstates Kamloops

reporter who was banned over coverage

Find these reports at:


Hundreds of APME members attended Online Journalism Credibility webinars presented in the past nine months by NewsU and APME.

Though the six-part series is now over, the webinars live on in recorded form, allowing learning to continue. If you missed a webinar or want to watch them again because you have new situations to consider, now is a great time to register for the Training Package, which enables you to view (and re-view) all six seminars.

Here is the link to the Training Package:

APME Online Credibility Series



A great place to talk about what's working in your newsroom is our forums on

Check out the forum and "good ideas" and help start a conversation on a topic.

And if you have ideas for additional forums, please let us know.

You can find the forum area at:



AP members are eligible for discounts on purchases of the 2010 AP Stylebook – both the print and online versions.

Print edition and online subscriptions can be ordered by credit card online at a secure site at The order form also allows customers to create an invoice to pay by check or money order, and member news organizations can request direct assessment.



AP National Writer

When the personal computer revolution began decades ago, Latinos and blacks were much less likely to use one of the marvelous new machines. Then, when the Internet began to change life as we know it, these groups had less access to the Web and slower online connections – placing them on the wrong side of the "digital divide."

Today, as mobile technology puts computers in our pockets, Latinos and blacks are more likely than the general population to access the Web by cellular phones, and they use their phones more often to do more things.

But now some see a new "digital divide" emerging – with Latinos and blacks being challenged by more, not less, access to technology. It's tough to fill out a job application on a cell phone, for example. Researchers have noticed signs of segregation online that perpetuate divisions in the physical world. And blacks and Latinos may be using their increased Web access more for entertainment than empowerment.

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ABOUT US: APME Update is published regularly by the Associated Press Managing Editors Association. APME Update is edited by Sally Jacobsen. Send submissions by e-mail to call Sally at (212) 621-7007.

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